Dunkirk Man Sentenced To 9 Years On Weapon Charge

A Dunkirk man has been sentenced to nine years in state prison on a second-degree criminal possession of a weapon conviction.

Adrian Rivera-Salome was also sentenced by County Court Judge David Foley to five years of parole supervision.

In a statement Wednesday, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office said the felony conviction against the 25-year-old was secured Jan. 13.

Rivera-Salome was first charged in June 2022 after being seen with a pistol in the 400 block of Park Avenue and the 400 and 500 blocks of Columbus Avenue pointing the gun at people and shooting in the air several times.

Dunkirk police located him with a pistol near East Sixth Street and Columbus Avenue where he surrendered without incident.

Rivera-Salome, who was on parole at the time, originally faced a slew of charges. They included six counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of second-degree menacing, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for being in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for possessing a loaded firearm.

District Attorney Jason Schmidt said Rivera-Salome was sentenced as a “violent predicate felon” due to having two violent felony convictions within the past 10 years.

“Mr. Schmidt attributes the conviction and sentence to Dunkirk Police Department’s swift response to a ‘shots fired’ call and their diligent investigation which followed,” Schmidt said in a news release.

Also on Wednesday, the DA’s office announced that Danielle Howie, 46, of Jamestown, was sentenced by Foley to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison after pleading guilty in January to a third-degree burglary charge.

Schmidt said the conviction was the result of an October 2021 burglary in Jamestown in which Howie broke into a house and stole money and damaged property.


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